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The biggest problem i see is the weird hole circa 2006 that arranges with Sun selling to Oracle, that kind of still-birthed Java as the next great language.

That hole I can credit as giving C# the advantage in that tight niche, and stilling the development of the JVM platform in general.

By the time that the rust on JVM improvements were dusted off, all initiative was lost. Java was playing catchup to the competition.




On the other hand, Oracle has probably developed Java further much more and kept Maxime around making it into Graal.

IBM gave up on the first counter proposal, Red-Hat and Google didn't bother to rescue Sun.

So we might even have been left with either Java 6 or being forced to port our applications.


As we're seeing with WhatsApp, guardianship and supporting the direction of a project isn't easy. I'm not sure where Java would have ended up if someone else took it.


Additionally Oracle haters seem to forget Oracle was one of the very first companies to get into bet with Sun regarding Java, with their whole Java based terminals idea and porting all their Oracle Database GUIs to Swing.




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